Turkey has become a new addition to the Formula 1 calendar in 2021 to replace the Canadian Grand Prix following confirmation of its cancellation.
Canada was scheduled to host the event on June 13, but F1 officials announced on Wednesday that the race won’t take place for a second successive year.
The country is facing tight entry restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with quarantine rules proving a major hurdle for F1 to overcome.
Although F1 had remained hopeful of staging a grand prix in Montreal, it admits the current situation ultimately made running the race “impossible”.
“Due to the ongoing international travel restrictions in place in Canada it became impossible for Formula 1 to enter the country without a mandatory 14 day quarantine,” a statement issued by F1 reads.
“We are grateful for the efforts of the promoter and the authorities in Canada, Quebec and Montreal in the past few weeks to try and make the race happen.
“We will work with the promoter to ensure those with tickets from 2020 & 2021 races get the options of a refund or to transfer their tickets to next year’s race and look forward to racing in Canada in 2022.”
Despite the cancelation, F1 revealed it had agreed a two-year contract extension with the Canadian Grand Prix promoters, with the new deal running though to 2031.
“While it is disappointing we cannot be in Canada this season we are excited to confirm that Turkey will host a Grand Prix in 2021 after an amazing race last season,” said F1 CEO and president Stefano Domenicali.
“I know all our fans are excited by the dramatic start to the season and Turkey is a great circuit that delivers great battles on the track.
“I want to thank the promoter and authorities in Canada for all of their efforts in recent weeks but the travel situation made our plans impossible.
“I equally want to thank the promoter and authorities in Turkey for their ongoing willingness to host a Formula 1 race that shows the huge interest in our sport and the hope from many locations to have a grand prix.
“We have had very good conversations will all the other promoters since the start of the year and continue to work closely with them during this period.”
Turkey returned to calendar last year after a nine-year absence, forming part of the heavily-revised schedule for the 2020 season.